Tomorrow is the big day. I have an appointment at Simple Spa in Charlottesville and in preparation for spring break I am going Brazilian. Though it is far from my first bikini wax experience, I couldn’t help thinking about women who might try this for the first time and how nice it would have been if someone had told me what to expect. If you have been reading this series up to now you know how to prepare for your wax, what to look for in a salon. Now it is time to get an idea of the procedure itself.
I remember being a bit intimidated at first. I mean aside from my most recent wasband (remember I have two of them) and my gynecologist, that area of my body had remain unseen by another human being for 12 years or so. The purpose of all this is to give you an idea so you can decide if this sort of update to your look is for you.
So here is an outline of the procedure:
You should be escorted to a private treatment room in the salon where you will be asked to undress from the waist down (remember to keep some socks on unless you have neat, clean feet).
If you are shy (like I was when I started bikini waxing) the salon should offer a one -size -fits -all paper string bikini you can wear during the wax process. You may also bring an extra pair of older panties to wear if you like, but be warned they will probably get wax on them. If the salon fails to offer the panties you may ask for them.
Once you are disrobed to your satisfaction, you will be asked to lie on the table. Many salons use towels to cover up vulnerable areas if you like similar to how a massage therapist will use a towel to cover your breasts during a massage.
The wax should be warm rather than scalding and applied with something like a popsicle stick. Audrey Nell Smith from Bombshell explains why the first time you wax is the worst:
“The first time is the hardest time but it gets easier each time you wax. Before you wax the first time the hair is pulled from the body the hair folic le is strong and the hair is strong making the pull effect of waxing the worst it will ever be. Once that bond is broken it takes less effort to remove the hair from the folicle and often after years hair stops growing all together. The pain is similar to quickly ripping a band aid off.”
You may be asked to put your legs in some interesting positions in order to get to some hard to reach places.
After your wax, your esthetician my apply some special cream and should advise you on how to deal with ingrown hairs.
Then you get dressed and go home to take a shower as you may feel a little sticky afterwards.
First timers should avoid sun exposure to the waxes area for a couple of days.
Audrey also suggests taking ibuprofen before your first wax to help control swelling or pain issues.
Tomorrow: trends in bikini waxing- you won’t want to miss that one!
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